Family Events & Festivals

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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
July 5-August 2
WINTERGREEN MUSIC FESTIVAL
Wintergreen Music.
Set among the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you'll hear classical, jazz, pop and Broadway, plus there will be cooking classes, seminars and concerts at neighborhood wineries, cideries and breweries. Wintergreen Resort & Neighboring Venues.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-8292. 
 
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May 1-July 17
VIRTUAL EXHIBITION: THIS FAMILIAR SPACE
Second Street Gallery.
An exhibition of work by Stacey Evans in collaboration with high school students from Charlottesville and its sister city of Besançon, France, Charlottesville artist Nina Burke, and Besançon artist Gabriel Hopson. Online - Second Street Gallery.  For details, please click this link. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Farm & Orchard EventsGo to top of List
 
June-August, Mondays & Tuesdays
CULTIVATING CURIOSITY
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Activities include: storytime, craft or cooking project, fruit picking (when available), hayride and snack Both sessions during a week will include the same activities, then activities will switch from week to week. Seasonal themes include apples, peaches, pumpkins, flowers, bees, etc. Carter Mountain Orchard.  10:30am-12pm.  $10/child.  Recommended for ages 3 to 8.  Email: info@CarterMountainOrchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1833. 
 
July 2 - September 24, Thursdays
THURSDAY EVENING SUNSET SERIES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Enjoy dinner, live music, and the best view of a sunset in Charlottesville. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, or come early for a picnic table on the terrace or decks. Carter Mountain Orchard.  5-9pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
LOCAL FARMS & ORCHARDS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many great outdoor opportunities for families and perennial favorites are berry-picking, pumpkin picking, and springtime farm visits to see baby animals. In our AF Guide to Family Fun you'll find listings for farms and orchards that welcome families. Please be courteous and call ahead to plan your visit--these wonderful places are also home for the farmers. For details, please click this link. 
 
 FestivalsGo to top of List
 
Ongoing
SCHOOL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Many local schools host wonderful special events each year--fairs, festivals, dances, spaghetti suppers and more. Because they are designed by parents for families you can be sure of having a good time and supporting a worthwhile cause. For details, please click this link. 
 
 History ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Markets & BazaarsGo to top of List
 
April 4-September 26, Saturdays
CITY MARKET
City of Charlottesville.
Visit for fresh local produce, plants, and plenty of homemade goodies and crafts every Saturday morning. 100 Water St E, Charlottesville, VA 22902.  8am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3371. 
 
May 14-October 29, Tuesdays
FOREST LAKES FARMERS MARKET
Forest Lakes Community Association.
Shop local produce, plants, meats and eggs, home-baked goods, jams and more. Forest Lakes South.  Directions: Recreation Center parking lot.  4-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: forestlakesmarket@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-531-2733. 
 
Wednesdays & Fridays
DRIVE-THROUGH FARMERS MARKET
Local Food Hub.
Preorder items online from Virginia farmers and pick up via drive-through on Wednesdays and/or Fridays. 1801 Hydraulic Road (Old Kmart parking lot).  Wednesdays 4-6pm, Fridays 3-5:30pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Saturdays
SPRING FARMERS MARKET
IX Art Park.
The market layout, vendors and customers will comply with Corona virus protocols. Safety is the highest priority. There are several safe ways to access food. You can now order from several vendors online and pick up at the market site at the booth or in your car. IX Art Park.  9am-12pm.  Email: cecile@marketcentralonline.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
 MuseumsGo to top of List
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Nature & Park ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
June 8-July 11
WILDROCK TINY WORLDS TRAIL
Wildrock.
Tiny Worlds Trail - a magical day trip experience featuring playful installations under the willow, in the woods, and along the banks of the stream. Visitors of all ages are invited for a day of joyful discovery and nature connection. Prepare to find fairies, gnomes and all of their homes. Reserve your spot for this ninety-minute timed-trail experience. To ensure social distancing, visits are scheduled in thirty-minute intervals. Wildrock.  By appt.  $20 per car.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Paige Lindblom.  Email: plwildrock@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-987-0638. 
 
July 18, Saturday
HOPE'S LEGACY FAMILY FUN DAY
Hope's Legacy Equine Rescue Inc.
Are you a horse or donkey lover? Volunteer-led outdoor activities, like a scavenger hunt, will help you and young ones learn more about horses and donkeys. Come out and meet Donkey, Dolly, and all the animals at Hope's Legacy, and have a fun time, too. 2080 Castle Rock Road, Afton.  10am-12pm.  $0.  Special Needs Accommodation: Outdoor uneven terrain  Contact: Volunteer Coordinators.  Email: hlervolunteers@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-531-5688. 
 
June 8-August 18, Monday-Saturday
QUARANTEAM ADVENTURES ON THE WILDROCK PLAYSCAPE
Wildrock.
Bring your family and/or quaran"team" and enjoy Wildrock's Nature Playscape for 2.5 hours. Up to 10 people per group. Arrive at your appointment time and enjoy Wildrock's Nature Playscape with access to restrooms. Only one quaranteam will be on the playscape at a time. There will be a limited number of play materials on the playscape. All materials will be switched and sanitized between appointments. Please bring your own boots for the stream. Wildrock.  10am-1pm.  $30.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Paige Lindblom.  Email: plwildrock@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-987-0638. 
 
May-August, Select Dates
TWILIGHT HIKING
Shenandoah National Park.
Hike into the "big meadow" at dusk through the changing colors of the mountain sky and, eventually, the spread of night skies as you explore the natural world as it settles into evening. You'll also look for animal signs and seasonal plants as you explore the ecosystems of the meadows. Led by Shenandoah Mountain Guides. Big Meadows Lodge (mile 51 on Skyline Dr.).  Directions: Meet at the grassy circle in front of the the Lodge lobby.  7pm.  $20.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-847-1919. 
 
February 1, Friday
FIRST FRIDAYS UNDER THE STARS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Learn about the stars and other celestial objects. Start with a short talk in the education building then after the skies darken, volunteers help point out constellations and nebula. Use the Charlottesville Astronomical Society's telescope or bring your own. Cloudy skies cancel the outdoor portion. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  7:45-9pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: director@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
First Saturdays
FIRST SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come for an early morning bird walk with Amy Neale of the Monticello Bird Club. Beginners always are welcome, and binoculars are available to share. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area to participate. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  7:30-8:30am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
First & Third Mondays and Second & Fourth Thursdays
LITTLE NATURALISTS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Introduce your 3 to 5 year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Trained guides will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  10-11am.  $Free.  Contact: Jill Watt.  Email: jillheffwatt@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 717-850-1461. 
 
Third Friday of every month
LIVESKY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Take a guided tour of the current night sky and find out about the latest celestial happenings. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make requests of your astronomer host. Since the sky is always changing and audience questions and requests vary, each LiveSky show is different. No LiveSky during the month of April. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  6pm.  $5 nonmembers; free for members.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1431. 
 
Ongoing
STARGAZING 101
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.
Learn the names and locations of each season's major constellations and bright stars. Learn how to spot planets, use a star map and use binoculars for a closer look at the night sky. Fee and registration required. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Third Friday of every month
STARS AND PLANETS
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky (weather permitting). Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Times vary from month to month.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
TRAIL ADVENTURES PROGRAM BY APPOINTMENT
Wildrock.
Wildrock is currently welcoming families to their trail system through their 90 minute Trail Adventures program. This is by reservation only and is designed to ensure social distancing. Make reservations online. Wildrock.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Special EventsGo to top of List
 
June 26-28 & July 10-12
DAY OUT WITH THOMAS
B&O Railroad Museum.
Little Engineers and families take a 25-minute train ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy a full day of live entertainment, activities and family fun. B&O Railroad Museum.  Directions: 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore.  9am-3pm Fridays, 8:30am-6pm Saturdays, 8:30am-5:30pm Sundays.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 866-468-7630. 
 
Second Fridays
$1 FAMILY NIGHT
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Come out for the $1 per person event every second Friday of the month at the Downtown location of the Children's Museum of Richmond. Starts June 8, 2018. CMoR Downtown.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7062. 
 
First Thursdays
BLUE RIDGE IRISH MUSIC SCHOOL OPEN SESSIONS
Blue Ridge Irish Music School.
Slower, beginning musicians can play together at 6pm followed by intermediate-advanced, faster musicians at 7pm. Listeners and players are welcome. C'ville Coffee.  6-8pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: cvillesession@brimstunes.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-409-9631. 
 
First Saturdays
COMMUNITY BREAKFASTS
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Volunteers from the community serve up breakfast at a great price. A wonderful way to meet your neighbors. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  Directions: 190 Rockfish Lane, Afton.  8:30-10:30am.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
Saturdays & Sundays
PINBALL
Decades Arcade.
Come out and play unlimited pinball on machines dating all the way back to 1947. Decades Arcade.  2-10pm Saturdays, 2-7pm Sundays.  $$12 Adults, $8 Kids.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
ROLLER SKATING AT CARVER RECREATION CENTER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Roller skating has returned to Carver Recreation Center. This free event occurs Fridays from 5pm-8pm and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Skates are provided and there is no charge for this activity. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  5-8pm Fridays; 1-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3053. 
 
Third Fridays
SQUARE AND CONTRA DANCING AT THE FRONT PORCH
The Front Porch / C-ville Hoedown.
Come for square and contra dancing with caller and local favorite Brian Hamshar, who will have beginners dancing in no time. No need to bring a partner. Wheelhouse plays lively celtic-inspired music served up by accordion, piano, flutes and pipes. Everyone is welcome. The Front Porch.  7:30pm beginner's workshop, 8-10pm dance.  $10 adults, $5 students, 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 806-7062. 
 
 Sporting EventsGo to top of List
 
May 24-October 4, Every Sunday
POLO AT KING FAMILY VINEYARDS
King Family Vineyards.
Every Sunday, weather permitting, Roseland polo hosts a day of wine, competition and family fun. Guests are encouraged to bring a 10x10 pop-up tent for shade and folding chairs or a blanket to sit on. King Family Vineryards.  Gates open at 10am, Matches begin at 1pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-7800. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
UVA CAVALIERS
University of Virginia.
Go Hoos!!! Youth Day games provide extra treats for the kids! Season schedule and games scores available through web link. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5631. 
 
 StorytimesGo to top of List
 
Final Saturdays
SATURDAY STORIES
JMRL - Central.
Stop by for a special storytime treat in the Children’s Room the last Saturday of the month. All families are welcome, including stuffed animals. Donuts with Dad will be a specialty storytime offered February 24. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151 . 
 
Saturdays
STORYTIME AT NEW DOMINION BOOKSHOP
New Dominion Bookshop.
Young children welcome to come to the mezzanine of the bookshop. A staff member will read classic, as well as new books to the group. New Dominion Bookshop.  Directions: 404 East Main St..  11am.  $free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-2552. 
 
Wednesdays
WEEKLY STORYTIME
Barnes & Noble.
Enjoy this new weekly event, featuring fun stories and activities for everyone to enjoy. Barracks Shopping Center Barnes & Noble.  10am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-6598 . 
 
 TheatreGo to top of List
 
Monday-Friday and Satuday
PLAYHOUSE TOUR
American Shakespeare Center.
See the Blackfriars playhouse from the Inside Out. Tour participants will, learn about the historical predecessor, discover the inner workings of our 21st-century professional company, and explore the re-creation of Shakespeares indoor theatre. Weekday tours may be cancelled due to Student Matinees. Blackfriars Playhouse.  Monday-Friday at 2pm and Satuday at 11am.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733. 
 
THEATRE PERFORMANCE GROUPS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is filled with talent! Your young dancer or actor is sure to find a class or group to enjoy. Look to our AF Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round to find many terrific organizations offering dance classes and theatre classes. Also, watch the Family Events and Festivals Calendar for specific performances and review the AK Guide to Family Fun Year-Round to see which groups do shows for families.
 

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